Author: John

[Photo: Basketball]

March 22, 2011

My March Madness

I am home from an intense 10 days of SxSW, CSUN and W3C Face-to-Face meetings. I am happy if tired.

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[Photo: @poster]

January 26, 2011

The current problem with the @poster attribute of the <video> element.

Earlier this week, I posted a Change Proposal to the W3C HTML WG around a topic which seems to have drawn a bit of controversy and outright rejection from some members of the Working Group. I have suggested and proposed that when an author specifies an image file as a placeholder image for the video, that a means of properly ensuring the accessibility of that image be accounted for.

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HTML5 Video

December 23, 2010

<video>, Accessibility and HTML5 Today

Back in July of 2009, I wrote a blog post spurred on by a dinner conversation with my friend Bruce Lawson. Since then, I’ve seen a few instances where people have pointed to that posting as important to understanding the issue of accessibility and video in HTML5. A lot has changed however since I wrote that piece, and I’ve been meaning to update that information for some time now. A recent email thread amongst some friends crystallized that requirement, and the following is adapted from the email note I wrote to that thread.

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[Cartoon - Mr. Grinch]

December 4, 2010

Take that, Mr. Grinch

Over the past couple of weekends I’ve completed the task of converting my Christmas CDs to MP3, and through the wonders of the internet and freely available software, I can now open my entire Christmas collection (all 2,000+ MP3s) to you to stream to your computer. Point your web browser over to, log in, and enjoy.

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[Photo: Tomato]

August 22, 2010

The Great Foliot Tomato Contest

Normally I reserve my blog for things related to my work and passion, and the web in general. This however is not one of those postings: instead, it’s a peek into my life.

I am fortunate to be part of a very large and loving family; a family that is creative, “lives large” and understands that “Family” is an important part of life. This past weekend I was thrilled to sneak into Montreal (my folks had no idea I was arriving) to be part of an annual family tradition: The Great Foliot Tomato Contest.

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